Did you know that April is the month of the military child? In honor of the little children in our region, who are making incredibly BIG sacrifices, we wanted to share a few great resources for military children and families:
This month, our two First Ladies, Michelle Obama and Maureen McDonnell have both launched great websites for serving and supporting our military families.
Joining Forces is a national initiative championed by First Lady Michell Obama and Dr. Jill Biden that mobilizes all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. Watch the video below to find out more:
Virginia’s First Lady, Maureen McDonnell, is also doing her part to serve and support the military families across Virginia through her initiative Serving Our Service Member Families (SOS). Launched in 2010, SOS focuses on serving and supporting service men and women and their families. As a military wife and a Blue Star Mom, First Lady Maureen McDonnell understands how difficult it is on the family when a loved one is away. SOS connects these families with businesses, churches, and civic and volunteer organizations to meet their needs while a service member is away, on duty, or wounded while serving. This month, SOS unveiled their brand new website. See how you can get involved here.
Finally, one of our favorite websites, ZERO TO THREE has some great FREE resources for military families:
- Supporting Young Children—free brochures that focus on the unique experience of parenting a baby or toddler, particularly during times of stress and separation that military families may be experiencing. Topics include deployment, homecoming, taking care of yourself on the home front, and combat stress.
- Honoring our Babies and Toddlers—3-piece set, designed for professionals and military parents that provides methods to support young children affected by stress, trauma, grief, and loss due to a military parent’s deployment, injury, or death.
- There’s also a quarterly e-newsletter you can sign up for to learn more about what ZERO TO THREE is doing to support military families.